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Utility of Army Design Methodology in U.S. Coast Guard Counter Narcotic Interdiction Strategy

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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This study investigates the utility of using Army Design Methodology ADM to help frame U.S. Coast Guard USCG counternarcotic strategy. The USCG published the Western Hemisphere Strategy in 2014, outlining the strategic and operational framework for USCG operations in the Western Hemisphere, addressing a ten-year plan to combat networks, secure borders, and safeguard commerce. This study focuses on the following questions has the Western Hemisphere Strategy been effective, so far, in combating networks and securing our borders and is there utility in adding ADM as a tool in developing future USCGwhole of government counternarcotics operations strategy This study uses an applied professional case study research approach as the basis, which takes into account personal experience in USCG operations in conjunction with relevant sources in order to persuade policy makers about the rich and deep context of a setting associated with complex human issues where the goal is to take informed action to improve the situation. Drug trafficking organization operations and USCG interdiction tactics are dynamic and humanly complex, with multiple key players, stakeholders, and influencers. Ultimately, this research and analysis goal, is to validatenon-validate USCG current tactics and provide key decision makers with additional, increased interdiction options . . . or maybe more importantly, provide a recommendation for a better approach in defining the problem.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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